The origin of this trip was last summer when it looked like our Germany trip was going to fall through. Researching some alternatives, we discovered there was vast swath of virgin territory for us in the Northeast United States. We did end up going to Germany but the valuable information was saved for a later trip.That later trip became this year's 22nd Anniversary present to each other. Landing in Burlington, Vermont, we spent a week traveling east ending in Portland, Maine. In those seven days, we visited 14 new breweries, nine in Vermont, three in Hew Hampshire and two in Maine.The One Pint at a Time episode for this trip will be the 50th! Look for it in August.
But Where is the Coat Factory?
Sixteen hours after leaving the Monterey Beer Festival, Merideth and I were in Burlington, Vermont in the parking lot of Magic Hat Brewing Company waiting for the tasting room to open. Despite the overnight flight from San Francisco and the stressful connection at JFK, we were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. What had us most excited was that this was our first trip to Vermont and Magic Hat our first Vermont brewery.I guess the tower should have been a clue, but the grayish, industrial exterior didn’t prepare us for what was inside. The “Artifactory,” which was dimly lit with strings of colored lights, was an ultra-hip mall store gone amok, complete with blaring music...
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The Hills are Alive
Monday started off with our first hike of the trip. To get to the Stowe Mountain Resort, we took a beautiful drive along a curvy, tree-shrouded road. The scenery was amazing, with the lush green forests being broken up only by the occasional homestead and craggy boulders.Our hike originated at the Midway ski lift and followed up the steep ski runs. Of course the point of downhill skiing is to go down. So it made sense that I felt like we just kept going up and up without any flat reprieves. At the top, the view of the wide valley was breathtaking...
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Hike-n-Beer: New Hampshire Edition
Our hike above Stowe was only a warmup for the main hike of our trip, New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington. Prior to our trip, I researched the trails that lead to the the highest peak in New England and surmised we probably didn’t have the time nor the stamina to reach the top. But the network of trails below the summit looked like they provided plenty of opportunities to enjoy the most famous of the White Mountains...
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Lovelling the Playing Field
Thursday’s agenda included heading into Maine and starting our day off with a hike around Blueberry Mountain in Weld. The morning was warm and sunny; a nice contrast to the intermittent rain and overcast skies of the previous days. It was the perfect weather for beer and outdoor activities. However, the difficulty of our Mt. Washington hike the day before had left our legs sore and wobbly. Not wanting to waste the beautiful weather, we changed our plans to include a canoe adventure on Kezar Lake near our evening’s destination of Lovell...
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Happy Anniversary to Us
!After five great days in New England, we finally reached the most important day of the trip. Day six was our 22nd Wedding Anniversary. And what better way to spend the day with my wife, best friend and beer travel partner than in one of our favorite American cities, Portland, where even more lobster and beer awaited us.We left Lovell mid-morning for the hour long drive to our first stop of the day. After four days of driving in the middle of nowhere, Baxter Brewing in Lewiston, proved difficult to find...
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